Advising Centers

Academic advising and career advising builds a culture of integrated practices and shared responsibilities. Academic and career advising is a series of ongoing and intentional conversations among students, faculty, and staff that establish a pathway to the realization of educational, career, and life goals. Through collaborative teaching and learning, the advising process empowers our diverse student populations to explore and navigate their academic and career pathways.

Each student is assigned a certified advisor who will assist you with developing a degree plan, registering for courses, completing a financial aid appeal, exploring careers, and researching transfer opportunities.

BOLD (Business Opportunities Leadership Demand Occupations) Advising Center

The BOLD Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in business, landscape, logistics, and other career and technical education degrees and certificates.

Located in Palomino Center Annex, Room 200 | 210-486-3366

Carmen Velasquez - Avila
cvelasquez@alamo.edu
Advising Team Lead
210-486-3337

College Tip: Do something today that your future self will thank you for

Christina Barrera
cbarrera96@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3342

College Tip: Make today the perfect day to be AWESOME!

  • Agriculture Science
  • Basic Nursery & Landscape Operations
  • Business Administration (Q-Z)
  • Cosmetology Operator (A-M)
  • Cosmetology Esthetician
  • Floral Design Technician
  • International Logistics Management
  • Landscape & Horticulture Scienc
  • Landscape & Turfgrass Equipment Tech
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Purchasing Clerk
  • Small/Organic Farmer
  • Transportation Management
  • Turf & Landscape Irrigation
  • Turfgrass & Golf Course Management
  • Warehouse Management

Selso Casares
scasares@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3341

College Tip: Never be afraid to ask questions at Palo Alto College, we are here to help you succeed.

  • Business Administration (L-P)
  • Business Management (A-N)
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entry-Level Energy Technician
  • Entry-Level Supervision Certificate
  • Industrial Technology – Instrumentation Specialization Industrial Technology – Manufacturing Specialization
  • International Business
  • Leadership Certificate
  • Liberal Arts (N-Z)
  • Marketing Certificate
  • Process Technology Specialization
  • Production Technician Specialization
  • Oil and Gas Process Technology Specialization*
  • Oil and Gas Production Technician Specialization*

* Program reflects a catalog year prior to 2018-2019

Mako Ivory
tivory2@alamo.edu
Advising Team Support Specialist
210-486-3337

   

Elena Olivo
eamador@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3255

College Tip: The start of your journey is full of unknowns, the middle of it is hard work, the end of it is gratification.  

  • Administration Assistant, A.A.S.
  • Administrative Assistant Certificate
  • Bill and Account Collector Certificate
  • Business Administration (A-K)
  • Data Entry Technician Certificate
  • General Office Certificate
    Health Care Administrator (ALL)
  • Secretarial Assistant Certificate
  • Virtual Administrative Assistant

Rafael Sayago
rsayago@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3343

College Tip: In college as in life, a positive approach will lend strength to challenging days. 

  • Business Management (O-Z)
  • Administration Level 1 Certificate
  • Enterprise Innovation Level 1 Certificate
  • Entry-Level Supervision Level 2 Certificate
  • Global Business Management Level 1 Certificate
  • Leadership Level 1 Certificate
  • Marketing Level 1 Certificate
  • Cosmetology Operator (N-Z)
  • Cosmetology Operator Level 2 Certificate
  • Liberal Arts (A-M)
  • Viticulture and Enology Specialization
SEED (Service Education Empowerment Diversity) Advising Center

The SEED Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in education, criminal justice, kinesiology, fine and performing arts, communications, psychology, and social work.

Located in Palomino Center Annex, Room 200 | 210-486-3131

Nidia Lopez
nlopez137@alamo.edu
Advising Team Lead
210-486-3132

College Tip: Be present, ask questions, take notes and study!

  

Nora Arredondo
nesparza@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor

210-486-3120

College Tip: Sometimes in life we fail, but never give up, that is where our greatest lessons are found.

  • Art
  • Communications/
    Communication Arts
  • Criminal Justice (A-N)
  • Dance
  • Digital Art
  • Humanities
  • Journalism (Mass Communications)
  • Public Relations/Advertising
  • Speech Communication
 

Aracely Bowling
areyes47@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor

210-486-3133

College Tip: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” 
- Winnie the Pooh

  • Education: EC-6 Generalist (A-M)
  • Early Childhood Specialist
  • Criminal Justice (O-Z)
 

Charley Garcia
cgarcia4@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor

210-486-3122

  • English
  • History*
  • Kinesiology
  • Mexican-American Studies
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Radio & TV Broadcast Journalism
  • Spanish
 

Elizabeth Garcia
egarcia1200@alamo.edu
Advising Team Support Specialist
210-486-3131

College Tip: It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop!

   

David Mancha
dmancha8@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3123

College Tip: Always strive to do your best, and never be afraid to ask questions!

  • Education: 8-12 Specialist
  • Education: EC-6 Generalist (M-Z)
 

Amanda Morales
aamaya19@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3346

College Tip: “There are dreamers and there are planners; the planners make their dreams come true.”

-Edwin Louis Cole

  • Journalism (Mass Communications)
  • Drama
  • Psychology
  • Radio, Television, & Broadcasting
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Speech Communication
 
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advising Center

The STEM Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in the science, technology, engineering, and math areas.

Located in Palomino Center, Room 114 | 210-486-3660

Maria Viesca
mdiaz1@alamo.edu
Advising Team Leader
210-486-3663

   

Danielle Esquivel
desquivel@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3661

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Pre-Professional
  • Biomedical
 

Jennifer Huebenthal
jhuebenthal2@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3664

  • Pre-Nursing
 

Shawn Melendes
smelendes1@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3662

  • Computer Science
 

Adam Rodriguez
arodriguez4@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3667

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Information Assurance & Cybersecurity
  • Network Administrator
 

Malorie Vallejo
mvallejo34@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3668

  • Biology/Pre-Professional
  • Veterinary Technology
 

Jose Vega
jvega19@alamo.edu
Certified Advisor
210-486-3669

  • Pre-Nursing
  • Engineering
 
Veterans Affairs

The Office of Veterans Affairs assists students who are receiving VA benefits or Hazelwood Exemptions. Your assigned advisor will assist you with processing your benefits, developing a degree plan, registering for courses, completing a financial aid appeal, exploring careers, and researching transfer opportunities.

Located in Palomino Center, Room 111

Vince Bosquez
vbosquez3@alamo.edu
210-486-3113

Laurie Medina
lmedina43@alamo.edu
210-486-3115

Eloisa Cordova
ecordova@alamo.edu
210-486-3116

Flor Semersky
fsemersky@alamo.edu
210-486-3119

 

Contact Information

Michael Ximenez
Director of Advising

Location: Palomino Center (PC 114B)
Phone: 210-486-3181

 

Brenda Espinoza 
Administrative Services Specialist

Location: Palomino Center (PC 114)
Phone: 210-486-3665

Regular Hours

Monday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
First Saturdays of the month: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Walk-in advising information

Mondays: 2–5 p.m.
Thursdays: 8 a.m.–noon